Nitrofuran activity in melanoma cells

University of Edinburgh

Past award

Student: Dong Liu : University of Edinburgh

Year Award Started: 2011

We aim to identify new drugs that may be effective for treating melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer with especially high incidence in Scotland. Nitrofurans are potent drugs used to treat bacterial and trypanosome infections, and more recently have been shown to treat brain cancers. Nitrofurans have been found to be able to kill melanoma cells and also melanocytes, the pigment cells that can become melanoma. This project aims to identify melanoma cells that are sensitive to nitrofurans.

Research area: Cancer


Dr Liz Patton
MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine